A brand new, sealed copy of a rare, 34-year-old version of the Super Mario Bros game to the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), has just been sold at a world record price of $ 100,150 (via Techcrunch ).
Nintendo reprinted Super Mario Bros from 1985 to 1994 many times because of its high popularity, resulting in 11 different book variations. The first two variants were "sticker sealed" copies sold only in the New York and LA test market launch of NES in 1985 and 1986.
According to the Heritage Auction press release, of all the sealed copies of the Super Mario Bros., this is the only known "sticker sealed" copy and was certified by the Wata Games with a near-minus class of 9.4 and a "Seal Rating" by A ++:
"Beyond the artistic and historical significance of this game is its ultimate state of preservation," said Kenneth Thrower, co-founder and chief writer of Wata Games.
"Not only are all NES stickers sealed games" extremely rare, but because they are not sealed in shrink packaging, they usually show significant wear after more than 30 years, "Thrower said." may be a condition standard for all stickers sealed NES games known to exist. "
The game was purchased as a joint effort on February 6 by a group of collectors, including a recognized coin dealer Rich Lecce founder of the auction house itself Jim Halperin and several video game collectors. More information about the auction is available here.